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In our opinion: Despite alarming shift against free trade, free trade is proven

The truth about trade, however, goes beyond popular slogans. It has been proven through decades of experience.

In our opinion: Rural Fast Track grants make a real difference in rural communities

The Governor’s Office of Economic Development recently awarded what are called Rural Fast Track grants to eight businesses to help boost local employment, at wages higher than average in the... Read more »

June 6, 2016

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In our opinion: The chances of a legislative solution for Puerto Rico are growing slimmer

Bernie Sanders has become an ardent foe of the House rescue plan for Puerto Rico. His opposition could stall legislative efforts to provide relief before a large July 1 bond payment comes due. Read more »

June 5, 2016

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In our opinion: A life and death decision at the zoo

While we hope that circumstances never arise that would require a similar decision in the future, we stand with zoo director Maynard and agree that, in this instance, he made the right call. Read more »

June 4, 2016

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In our opinion: New shelter, resources offer help to homeless youths

Many homeless youths find themselves in circumstances most often beyond their control. But with the proper intervention and guidance, they can hope for a better future. New facilities are providing... Read more »

June 3, 2016

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In our opinion: How best to address canyon congestion?

One idea for addressing increasing congestion in Big and Little Cottonwood Canyons is to begin charging a nominal fee. Read more »

June 2, 2016

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In our opinion: Change the federal classification of marijuana from a schedule 1 to a schedule 2 drug

The trend toward legalization of marijuana makes it doubly important for researchers to provide accurate information about marijuana, its effects and its potential benefits. For that to happen,... Read more »

June 1, 2016

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In our opinion: Transitioning from coal to solar — Utah in the crosshairs

Coal will remain a significant contributor to the energy grid, but we are clearly seeing a surge in solar power and other renewable energy sources that will continue to relegate coal to a lesser... Read more »

May 31, 2016

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In our opinion: Remembering Hiroshima on this Memorial Day

Americans enjoy freedom today as a direct result of what they did. Read more »

May 30, 2016

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In our opinion: An effort to harmonize faith and science in Jewish synogogues

The tension between faith and science has always existed. The Jewish community is taking the topic on directly, and a Pew Research Center study provides insights between those who feel the conflict... Read more »

May 29, 2016

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In our opinion: Increased on-screen violence makes us less sensitive to real-world violence

Studies have repeatedly demonstrated that ingesting those kinds of violent images makes us less sensitive to real-world violence. Read more »

May 28, 2016

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In our opinion: Repairing Salt Lake City streets

Salt Lake's mayor is reversing a period of benign neglect over street conditions. This should be the top priority. A city can’t function as a healthy organism when its arteries are in bad... Read more »

May 27, 2016

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In our opinion: Not all economic inequality affects poverty equally

Unless anti-poverty efforts address the growing number of single-parent households in need, there will be little progress made in reducing the persistently high levels of poverty — especially... Read more »

May 26, 2016

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In our opinion: Tragedy in Aleppo should motivate response

The campaign of genocide against Christians and other sects continues in the Aleppo region, and there is presently no clear sense of direction toward restoring order. Read more »

May 25, 2016

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In our opinion: A social media enabled high-tech, high-stakes echo chamber

The report of a carefully engineered strategy to manipulate the support of the American people for the Iran deal is troubling. It was based on a targeted message to naÏve and inexperienced... Read more »

May 24, 2016

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In our opinion: Finding – not forcing – a balance for transgender rights

We believe in fairness for all. We believe if people of goodwill come together in the crucible of democratic processes, they will forge thoughtfully tailored and lasting solutions for the dignity... Read more »

May 23, 2016

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In our opinion: Those intolerable TSA security lines

Some are clamoring for duties of the TSA to be turned over to private contractors instead of government employees. The irony of that is that, prior to 9/11, most of these services were, in fact,... Read more »

May 23, 2016

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In our opinion: Divided 8-judge Supreme Court not in America's best interest

Hobbling the Supreme Court for up to a year with an unfilled vacancy is not in America's best interest. Read more »

May 21, 2016

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In our opinion: The special session supports education and opposes a national monument

In the special session this week, lawmakers agree to restore education funding and to oppose the creation of a new Bears Ears national monument. Read more »

May 20, 2016

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In our opinion: Disappointing results in Utah “Zero Fatalities” campaign

Utah's Highway Safety Office reports that 276 people died in crashes last year, the most in seven years. Between 2002 and 2012, fatalities trended downward, but that has now been reversed for three... Read more »

May 19, 2016

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In our opinion: Obama signs trade secrets act with bipartisan support

Historically, theft required thieves to be physically present in order to pilfer their ill-gotten gains. But today, a thief can be sitting on the other side of the world and hack into a server to... Read more »

May 18, 2016

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In our opinion: UTA can take a hard lesson from Washington

We applaud the leadership of UTA for recognizing the need to rebuild the public’s trust. With the coming airport expansion, this region has the potential to be a national model for integrated... Read more »

May 17, 2016

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In our opinion: The problem of rising rents

Despite an increased supply of 20,000 new housing units in just the past five years, increased demand has resulted in rents continuing to rise at a rate that is creating an affordable housing... Read more »

May 16, 2016

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In our opinion: The most recent homeless count surprises and disappoints

Among the key reasons for the increase in homelessness is a substantial increase in housing costs in Utah’s urban areas. There are families seeking shelter services simply because... Read more »

May 15, 2016

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In our opinion: Utah's Rep. Bishop is in a pivotal position to influence a solution for Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico’s future has long been a puzzle Congress was happy to kick down the road. As a U.S. territory, its hands are tied. Washington must act quickly in order to avoid a deepening crisis... Read more »

May 14, 2016

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In our opinion: Preparing for SL Airport expansion

In its current form, Salt Lake International is the nation’s 21st-busiest airport, handling nearly double the capacity it was designed for. Read more »

May 13, 2016

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In our opinion: A troubling trend toward liberal illiberalism inclusion by exclusion

Inclusion by exclusion increasingly defines both thought and actions at one of the few places where we expect all viewpoints in our communities to be able to thoughtfully exchange ideas: the public... Read more »

May 12, 2016

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In our opinion: The political lightning rod that is Common Core

It's true that the very title “Common Core” has become a political lightning rod. But to abandon the unique Utah Core that has resulted from the diligent efforts of the State School... Read more »

May 11, 2016

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In our opinion: A chance to accelerate the decline in preventable childhood deaths needs legislative support

There has been remarkable progress is reducing preventable childhood deaths around the world. Legislation to enhance these efforts is moving through Congress, and at no cost to taxpayers, it needs... Read more »

May 10, 2016

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Wasatch air quality — generally good but unacceptably bad during brief periods each year

Wasatch cities compare favorably to many other cities for year-round particulate and ozone levels. But more can be done to reduce some of the worst air quality in the country during those brief... Read more »

May 9, 2016

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In our opinion: A foreshadowing of women and children's role in Utah's legacy and future

Utah's unique historical narrative reminds us of the influence of good women who create healthy and vibrant societies and communities in sometimes inhospitable places. Read more »

May 8, 2016

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In our opinion: Effects of spanking

When considering the scriptural justification for corporal punishment, it would also be wise to consider whether or not this punishment method produces its desired results. Read more »

May 7, 2016

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In our opinion: Senator Bob Bennett's lack of ego left an impression

Bennett, who died Wednesday at age 82, was exactly the type of politician so many people say they long for, and exactly the type so many in today’s polarized political atmosphere love to... Read more »

May 6, 2016

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In our opinion: Immigration debate yields no meaningful policy reform

The recent hearing by a House oversight committee on the perceived failure of the Obama administration to deport tens of thousands of undocumented immigrants with criminal records evoked... Read more »

May 5, 2016

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In our opinion: Clear-headed thinking needed on trade policy

What tends to be lost in the political debate over trade is that the U.S. economy, for better or worse, is inextricably linked to the global economy. On balance, the economic advantages of... Read more »

May 4, 2016

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In our opinion: A social take on the economics of income inequality answers questions

Not all the causes of income inequality are economic in nature. New research is helping us understand and deal with some of the social factors that can help reduce the equality gap. Read more »

May 3, 2016

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Signature-gathering process means more diverse candidate selection

The results of the recent caucus and convention system raise a legitimate question about whether this system will remain relevant as time goes on. Read more »

May 2, 2016

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In our opinion: Despite dip in observance, Sabbath day's basis still resonates

While Sabbath day observance has declined as an act of religious faith, the idea of taking a break from work on a regular basis continues to resonate with a majority of Americans. Read more »

April 30, 2016

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In our opinion: Utah proud to be cutting edge of medical research

Utah is now frequently mentioned as a place of high achievement in medical research in the same category of institutions long regarded as leaders in the field. Read more »

April 30, 2016

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In our opinion: Troops in Syria makes sense

No one should deny the fundamental truth that the civilized world has an obligation to aid innocent families who are being hunted down, killed, tortured and sexually abused merely because of their... Read more »

April 29, 2016

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In our opinion: Supreme Court to consider definition of corruption

The reason there are such strict rules surrounding public officials receiving gifts is that demonstrating a direct linkage between what a government official does and why they do it is... Read more »

April 28, 2016

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In our opinion: People desire fair, equitable income tax

People on either side of the tax debate want a tax system that is fair and equitable, but the complicated nature of the overall system makes it more difficult to determine what a fair system would... Read more »

April 27, 2016

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In our opinion: The public health crisis of pornography is heating up

The truth of the governor’s words can be found in the broken lives and ruined families left in pornography’s wake. Read more »

April 26, 2016

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In our opinion: Harriett Tubman — quintessentially American

Let other nations honor who they will on their currency; Tubman’s place on the $20 bill will stand as a testament to the indomitable will of so many who have made this nation great. It will... Read more »

April 25, 2016

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In our opinion: Earthquake preparedness to pay off 'enormously' when time comes

The chances of a magnitude 5.0 quake are 93 percent. This could happen today, next week or years from now, but it will happen. Read more »

April 24, 2016

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In our opinion: Lack of dialogue on Zika virus perplexing

Overreaction is never the basis for good policy, but in the case of Zika, it is perplexing that the emergence of a worldwide pandemic has not generated a louder public dialogue, especially in a... Read more »

April 23, 2016

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In our opinion: New training is producing positive results for sex crime prosecution

The West Valley Police Department's new protocol for interviewing sexual assault victims is producing "unprecedented" success. What amounts to an institutional attitude adjustment has greatly... Read more »

April 22, 2016

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In our opinion: Credit education secretary for broadened approach

Education leaders in Utah have embraced the value of giving local schools more flexibility in designing classroom plans. Read more »

April 21, 2016

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In our opinion: Misconceptions about Common Core

To call Common Core “education through Washington, D.C.,” one has to ignore that the federal government was neither the instigator nor the implementer of the Common Core standards. Read more »

April 20, 2016

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In our opinion: Saudi Arabia and the 9/11 Commission report

Saudi Arabia contains many troubling elements and competing forces, but it is an important strategic and diplomatic ally in a troubled region. Read more »

April 19, 2016

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Taking action now to avoid a bigger problem later

The Flint, Michigan, water experience reminds us of the importance of healthy tap water. The Beehive State is acting early to prevent a similar crisis in Utah. An old and aging water infrastructure... Read more »

April 18, 2016

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